This truly interdisciplinary degree will allow you to examine the fundamental life questions that have exercised human beings over centuries, and to develop your own approach to these questions.
Core modules will introduce you to key issues in philosophy, theology and religious studies and ethics. Because of the diversity of staff research interests at Leeds, you can also choose from a wide range of optional modules to follow your own interests. Examples include the philosophy of art, sex and gender in Africa, the sociology of religion and feminist philosophy.
All of the major world religions are represented in the course, and you will study not just the history of each tradition, but how they are lived and interpreted today. You will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in the religiously diverse city of Leeds. The Philosophy group at Leeds is one of the largest in the UK, and this is reflected in the choice that we can offer in the fields of Philosophy and Ethics.
Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy, ethics and religious studies. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections - valuable assets for your independent research. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
You'll spend your first year studying core modules that introduce you to key concepts and ideas in philosophy, ethics and religious studies, such as How to Think Clearly and Argue Well and Philosophy of Religion. You'll also choose from a wide range of optional modules on topics such as the Bible, the mind, Islamic civilisation, the philosophy of science, and South Asian religions - or you can choose discovery modules from departments across the University.
Once you've developed this foundation, you'll build on it in your second year by taking core modules in religious studies, ethics or political philosophy, and philosophy of religion. Then you choose from an extensive list of optional modules, so you can specialise in the areas that interest you. Examples include the ethics of life and death, Hindu traditions, metaphysics, the Hebrew Scriptures, and ancient philosophy. You'll continue to develop key skills of research, critical thinking and formulating arguments.
In your final year, you have the flexibility to follow your interests. You write an extended project on a theme that you have chosen, and you choose from an extended list of optional modules. Examples include The Structure of Reality, Religion, Politics and the Future, Philosophy and Literature, Modern Islamic Thought and The Religious Mapping of Leeds. You have the freedom to emerge as a specialist in philosophy, or in ethics, or in some area of religious studies, or in some combination of these subject areas.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules and the full course structure.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A degree in Philosophy, Ethics and Religion spans across disciplines such as literary studies, history and sociology. As a result, it will equip you with a variety of transferable skills that are highly valued by all kinds of employers.
You'll be a confident communicator who can work independently or within a team, as well as having skills in research, critical thinking and analysing complex information. You'll also have a deeper awareness of some of the social and cultural issues that impact on communities.
Graduates have pursued careers in fields as broad as politics, management, the civil service, journalism, the media, education and the charity sector. Others have gone onto postgraduate study or further training.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It's a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.
The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with universities in Denmark, France and Spain - language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.
Read more about Study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
You'll also have additional opportunities to gain work experience during the degree. For example, you can apply for our Philosophy Students into Schools module which allows you to spend time planning and delivering lessons, or you can get involved in the ongoing development of the Leeds Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.